70+ Fun and Fresh Classroom Theme Ideas for 2021

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Jeanne Sager

Written by Jeanne Sager

Choosing a classroom theme is the perfect way to let your personality shine in your room and give students a little something to be excited about in the new year. And we’re not going to lie here … we know choosing a classroom theme makes decorating your classroom a whole lot easier too. 

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Look at it this way: Once you’ve picked a fun classroom theme, your decision-making is pretty much done. Everything you use for setting up the classroom will just tie back to the theme, and a classroom theme pack will make it even easier!

Classroom Theme Ideas for Every Teacher

But how the heck do you choose a good classroom theme? Should you go for sloths for second grade? Flamingos for your firsties? What about rainbows or some magic Harry Potter style? Some of us like bright and vibrant colors, others prefer calming and tranquil themes. Whatever you are after, we have something to suit your style.

We’ve got you covered with more than 70 classroom theme packs perfect for the 2021-2022 school year (yes, you read that right … we’ve been busy around here!). Oh, and even if ‘theming’ your classroom isn’t your thing, there are plenty of templates and posters from each theme that you can mix and match for your classroom decor. 

Animal Classroom Themes

Let’s kick things off with our first batch of favorite classroom themes: the animal kingdom!

From sloths to frogs, penguins to owls, we’ve got you covered with some of the creatures who will turn your classroom walls from cement blocks to a jungle safari, Antarctic adventure, or the land down under!

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Try these 11 favorite animal classroom themes:

  1. Penguins
  2. Sloths
  3. Owls version one or Owls version two
  4. Peacocks
  5. Busy Bees
  6. Monkeys
  7. Elephants
  8. Tigers
  9. Giraffes
  10. Frogs
  11. Butterflies

Also from the wild world of animals are six fun classroom themes that encompass a wide array of creatures! 

  1. Animal Kingdom
  2. Friends of a Feather
  3. Rainforest
  4. Minibeasts
  5. Farm Yard
  6. Under the Ocean

Imagination and Adventure Classroom Themes 

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Not sure you need wild animals around the classroom? How about turning your eye toward storytime and adventure with classroom themes built around discovery and using your imagination?

These classroom themes might just be your launching pad for ideas this school year:

  1. Sorcerer Supplies
  2. Block Beasties
  3. Wizards and Fantasy
  4. Camp
  5. Dinosaurs
  6. Surf’s Up
  7. Circus
  8. Woodland Tales
  9. Pirates
  10. Fairy Tales and Castles
  11. Travel
  12. The Beach 
  13. Outer Space Version 1 or Outer Space Version 2 
  14. Hollywood
  15. Monster Madness  
  16. Game On!
  17. Learning Detectives
  18. Ancient Rome
  19. Ancient Greece
  20. Journalism and News
  21. Cactus (with bonus llamas!)
  22. Robots

Build a Classroom Theme Around One Color

Some teachers like to keep things simple when it comes to a classroom theme — maybe you just want to pick a color scheme?

We hear you! Often less is more, especially when it comes to holding your students’ attention. Try these color themed classroom themes for mono-color decor that will create a welcoming space for your students when they enter on day one:

  1. Green
  2. Yellow
  3. Purple
  4. Blue
  5. Teal
  6. Red
  7. Pink
  8. Orange

Pretty Patterned Classroom Themes

Don’t want to go with something big but want to be a little more playful than sticking to one color for your classroom this year? Try some of these pretty patterns!

  1. Rainbow Version 1 or Rainbow Version 2 (always a crowd-pleaser)
  2. Teal Chevron
  3. Funky Chalkboard
  4. Stars
  5. Geometric Boho
  6. Pastel Flags (this works for a Boho theme too!) 
  7. Pastel Dots
  8. Squiggles
  9. Retro
  10. Green Tartan
  11. Orange Tartan
  12. Monster Pattern
  13. Purple Tartan
  14. Stars & Stripes
  15. Calculator Pattern
  16. Abstract Pattern
  17. Bright Chevrons
  18. Rainbow Watercolors
  19. Vibrant Watercolors


Play Off Your Curriculum

Your classroom theme doesn’t have to include elements of the curriculum, but then again it can be a fun way to get kids excited about the things they’re going to learn this school year. 

Try some of these fun, subject-themed classroom themes:

  1. General Math
  2. Shapes

Need more classroom decorating ideas? We’ve got you covered!

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